NEW TOUR
Washington, USA

Mount Rainier National Park Hiking Tour

DURATION

5 Days

PRICE

$2,798

LEVEL

All Levels

DAILY DISTANCE

5-6 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Hiking, Mt. Rainier & Mt. St. Helens.

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts and lunches included. One dinner on your own.

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Bicycle Adventures hiking tours are now being operated by our sister company Evergreen Escapes, who specialize in hiking trips in the Pacific Northwest.

On this tour we circumnavigate “The Mountain” (as Mt. Rainier is known to locals), contemplating the highest concentration of glaciers anywhere in the U.S. outside of Alaska, and taking time to get to know the residents as we go. Deer, elk, black bear, marmots and mountain goats abound in the untouched forests and alpine meadows of this high-country wonderland. We also make a side trip to Mt St Helens to view the changes that have taken place since the cataclysmic eruption 40 years ago. Together, these are the two most active volcanoes in the Cascades. Triumphant views provide a continual backdrop for our classroom as we explore the natural history of these singular environments on some of the most spectacular trails the area has to offer.

The August tour is scheduled to be after most of the snow melt to improve trail accessibility and still catch the tail end of the wildflower season. In September you should enjoy spectacular fall color! We operate this tour during midweek-only to avoid the weekend crowds from the city.

National Parks on This Tour: Mount Rainier National Park; Mt. St. Helens National Monument

This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Mt Rainier National Park and Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument. Bicycle Adventures and Evergreen Escapes are equal opportunity providers.

Day 01

Begin at Sunrise Visitor's Center with a hike above the tree-line through open heather and rocky alpine tundra on the north side of the mountain.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Quicksilver Lodge

Distance

6 miles

Elevation

1300 ft gain
6400-7400 ft elev.

Tree islands of whitebark pine and mountain hemlock float upon seas of meadows dotted with wildflowers. From Glacier Overlook, peer down on nearly 4.5 square miles of ice – Emmons Glacier – the largest river of ice in the contiguous states. From Second Burroughs Mountain, Mt Rainier hovers so close you can wrap your arms around her. If you can manage to tear your eyes away from the mountain for a moment, look north over the endless green carpets of Grand and Berkeley Parks and marvel at the Cascade Mountain Range extending to the horizon. Mt Baker, Glacier Peak, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains – all are visible on a clear day. Watch for mountain goats and black bears foraging or cooling themselves on the snowfields. In the evening, we head to a nearby ski resort to spend the next two nights at the Quicksilver Lodge

Day 02

From Chinook Pass, hike this quintessential Cascade Crest loop around Naches Peak to views of Mt Rainier from the east

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Quicksilver Lodge

Distance

Naches Peak: 3.5 miles
Dewey Lake: add 3 miles

Elevation

Naches Peak: 600 ft gain

5300-5600 ft elv.

Dewey Lake: 700 ft gain

From this vantage point you can easily see the (missing) profile of volcano’s former cone and imagine what she looked like 5600 years ago before the Osceola eruption when, similar to Mt St Helens, she lost 2000 feet from her summit. Looking to the south along the Pacific Crest the snow-capped tops of Mount Adams and Goat Rocks are now visible. Notice how the lush green meadows here contrast sharply with the tundra you saw around Burroughs Mountain yesterday. If you’re feeling spry, head down to the clear waters of Dewey Lake for lunch. It doesn’t matter what you choose, there are continuous views all the way back to Tipsoo Lake, an enchanting tiny alpine gem resting just beneath Chinook Pass.

Day 03

Mount Saint Helens!

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Paradise Lodge

Distance

4.5 miles

Elevation

900 ft gain
3600-4500 ft elev.

It wouldn’t be polite to lavish all of our attention on just one volcano, certainly not when Mt St Helens is within reach. To the natives her spirit was “Loowit,” a lovely maiden. But she was also called Louwala Clough, “smoking mountain”. Sure, it’s a bit of a drive today, but what price is that for the opportunity to gaze into the crater of an active volcano?! Even better, nowhere is the view of Mt St Helens more stunning than from Norway Pass and Windy Ridge. From this less-visited side of the mountain, look across the lonely waters of Spirit Lake directly into the crater of Mt St Helens. Hear the incredible story of the mountain that garnered headlines around the world in 1980 and witness the fascinating changes that have taken place in the “Blast Zone” since the eruption. Listen for the eerie calls of bugling elk in the early fall while watching for the majestic bulls whose antlers frequently feature 6 or 7 points and measure over 5 feet long. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention… the views along the drive aren’t half bad either. We are headed to Paradise, after all!

Day 04

Today, hike up the flanks of Mt Rainier toward Camp Muir – and spend another night in, yes...Paradise!

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Paradise Lodge

Distance

Up to 6 miles

Elevation

1600 ft gain

5400-7000 ft elev.

Berry patches abound on these slopes. The natives referred to these gardens as Sahalee Illahee. “land of peace”. Famed conservationist John Muir dubbed them “the lower gardens of Eden.” Whatever you choose to call them, do not miss the opportunity to savor the flavor of the highly coveted mountain huckleberry in season. With luck, gather a sampling grouseberries. A mere thimbleful of these miniscule, generally overlooked, treasures has more flavor than an entire box of Popsicles. Contemplate the workings of the Nisqually Glacier from above while gazing at the rugged peaks of the Tatoosh Range. Relax upon a rock and take some tea in the sunshine with the adult marmots and watch while their youngsters wrestle each other in the meadows. Visit the spot where the native guide “Sluiskin” waited for Hazard Stevens and P.B. Van Trump to make the first summit climb in 1870. This is where you have your chance to cheer on the intrepid climbers set to ascend to the 14,411 foot summit.  At night, don’t forget to step outside for a moment to take in the panoply of stars overhead.

Day 05

Comet Falls and Van Trump Park

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Distance

Comet Falls
3.5 miles

Van Trump Park
6 miles

Elevation

Comet Falls
1600 ft gain
3600-4900 ft elev.

Van Trump Park
2200 ft gain
3600-5800 ft elev.

Heading west from Paradise toward Longmire, drop down out of the meadows and tree islands of the alpine zone into lush old growth rainforests on the western slopes of the volcano. Visit the home of northern flying squirrels and spotted owls and learn about the plants and animals that are unique to and dependent upon these original forests. Waterfalls, too, abound in this area. Early in the day is the perfect time to visit 320-foot-high Comet Falls and witness the fabulous rainbow created by the morning sun’s rays passing through the spray from the falls. Sample some of the most delicious mountain-fresh water the world has to offer. If we have the energy, we will keep on past the falls to say our farewells to the meadows and the mountain from another triumphant picnic spot in Van Trump Park.

 

*Bicycle Adventures operates under special use permits while on Federal Lands managed by the National Forest Service (USDA), National Parks and Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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